Thursday, October 07, 2004

New playwrights wanted for big spaces

Maddy Costa in The Guardian asks if new writers are being conditioned to keep their work small scale.
The real culprit, though, isn't a lack of ambition, but funding. Although the injection of £25m by the Arts Council into theatres for 2003-6 has done much to inspire confidence in artistic directors, the feeling pervades that they are afraid to programme new writing because it won't achieve the box-office returns necessary to balance the books. What has arisen, says [Nick] Starr (executive director at the National Theatre), is "a spirit of self-denying caution".

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